Israel's Military Concerned Over Defectors
TEL AVIV [MENL] -- When Jonathan HaLevi left Jewish seminary for his
compulsory military service, he had a message to his commanders.
It was about two years after the Israeli expulsion of about 16,000 Jews
from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank in 2005. HaLevi's message was
that he would never participate in any similar mission.
"I went to each of my commanders and said 'If you order me to expel
any Jew from his home, let me tell you right now, I will walk away,'"
HaLevi, not his real name, recalled. "'You could put me in jail. I am not
scared of you.'"
HaLevi is not alone. Thousands of young Jews, many of them graduates of
religious seminaries and guided by their rabbis, have been drafted into the
military intent on resisting any plans by the government to dismantle Jewish
communities anywhere in what they regard as the biblical land of Israel. Many
of these recruits have been employed in combat units.